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Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Willie D, Feb 12, 2018.
Welcome to Gretsch-talk!
I went through a few hollowbody guitars, including a top level Ibanez, Gibson 335 and a couple Taylor’s that cost the same as the Gretsch pro series and none of them did it for me. The Gretsch just ticks all the right boxes, beautiful construction, 12” radius thin neck, great tone and a boat load of charisma.
You picked well
Another victim of the Gretsch virus
This video caused my personal infection:
And it's still one of the most versatile Gretsches of all time. But I understand, why someone prefers the sound of a Streamliner.
I understand my friend. Wait until the green bug gets ya!
Howdy, Willie! Welcome to the asylum!
That's a cool guitar!
Yes, and that's the reason, why the Panther lovers will never understand, why Gretsch discontinued this model ... I guess because of the rosewood fretboard and the new CITES regulation.
Fact is, sometimes you can find a used one pretty cheap and on Reverb are still some brand new white ones for a bargain price.
If I could have only one Gretsch, it would for sure be a Panther.
PS: If you should ever lust for a typical Gretsch sound as an addition to your Streamliner, I'd recommend to examine the Panther more closely. I have strung it with Thomastik Jazz Swing and it sounds sooo woody
Tough choices, especially the Ibanez (I like their unique Ibanez-branded Bigsby). Congrats; nice burst.
Welcome...fine looking Gretsch!!! A lot of people will be looking for that tailpiece to hit the market when you install the trem
Probably 14 years ago, or so, a fellow in a music store asked me to play an Artcore through an amp for him and that started me in the direction of hollow-bodies. I went to buy an Artcore and ended up with a Gretsch, having played them ever since.
I am still loving this guitar.
With the Streamliners, Gretsch are definitely taking aim at the folks buying up Epi and Ibanez hollow and semi-hollows. I would guess that's why they developed Broad'Trons, so they can fit sonically with other guitars in that market (which are mostly loaded with PAFs and P-90s) while bringing a dash of Gretschy twang to the table.
My 2420 is acoustically alive in a way the Artcores I've played aren't. And gorgeous jazzbox tones are very easy to dial in, which is what I was shopping for in the first place. (Maybe it's heresy here, but I'm happy with my Tele for rockabilly.)
I'm still going to dress it up as an Electromatic with G arrow knobs, a proper switch tip, and a wiggle stick.
The Bigsby will only help.
My first electric guitar when I was 13 was a beat-to-hell red Gibson ES-330 with a Bigsby. A stupid 13 year-old kid had no idea that "beat to hell" would soon become more widely known as "vintage" and "expensive." Also, it wasn't a Les Paul. It did have one bum fret (I think the 10th) that I didn't know could be repaired.
Many nice guitars later (mostly Teles and Strats) I decided I wanted something hollow and mid-heavy (to contrast with the others) with a Bigsby again. And I love this one. So I'm almost there.
I've always loved 330s.
Mine looked a lot like this except with nickel covers on the dogears.
Also, rode hard and put away wet.
That's a beautiful axe. I bet you miss it.
Welcome- I've had my eye on that guitar for a while. Thanks for sharing.
Welcome Willie D
Plan on buying more Gretsch's. It will happen. Trust me it will happen. I am a victim of this place..
I had an AG 75 with a sunburst for a few years. Nice guitar fit and finish were great sounded great at first but I soon became dissatisfied with it. The typical HB sound just doesn't keep my attention very long. I would up trading it in for 50$ less then I paid for it and brought home a Vox Nighttrain when they first came out. Great move on my part. I was very leary buying my Gretsch. I was worried I would tire of its HB's but so far a couple years in it is still a great sounding guitar.